Hiring Decisions

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Do you have an established “system” for hiring your employees? Have you carefully determined the criteria you require?

Hiring quality employees is essential for business prosperity. Studies have shown it is considerably cheaper to hire the right people than it is to replace the wrong ones. In a previous post, I shared that those times when I have hired based on perceived skills, background and education, I have almost always fired on the basis of character – or the lack of it. So how do you hire the right employees?

Larry Burkett, in Business by the Book, suggests the following:

  • Define the Job Clearly. In order to hire the right people, it is necessary that jobs be well defined.
  • Hire the Best Person for the Job. Most small businesses seldom hire the best person. Instead, they hire someone who is available. (1)
  • Match the Person to the Job. Utilize a personality test to help hire properly. A small investment of time and money will provide a huge return on your investment. Use it with all potential employees in your organization. The best employees are those whose jobs match their basic personalities. Here’s a couple options:
  • Make Hiring Policy Decisions. Make some basic policy decisions ahead of time. In the hiring process, the only criteria that should be used are whether the person can do the job and follow the rules established for all employees.
  • Establish a Trial Period. I suggest a 90-day trial period for new employees, during which the employee can be evaluated for job performance and compatibility.
  • Pray. Spend time in prayer with your key staff and ask God to bring the right people and then give you the assurance that the people match the available jobs.

Ultimately, a well-thought-out hiring process will save you many headaches and heartaches and will enable you to have the teammates you need to achieve your vision. If you would like to learn more about 12 Steps to a Proper Hire or how a part-time, virtual CFO can help transform your business using the Bible as our guide, email me at commonsensecfo@yahoo.com or call Kirk at 402-658-7340.

(1) Do you see any truly competent workers? They will serve kings rather than working for ordinary people. Proverbs 22:29 (NLT)

Quality Employees

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Rick Boxx, with the Integrity Resource Center, recently provided the following “Integrity Moment”:

In their Report to the Nations 2010, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners discovered small businesses are victims of fraud more often than bigger organizations. They also suffer larger losses.

Companies with fewer than 100 employees lose about $150,000 per incident as compared to $84,000 for large organizations. This suggests that small businesses need diligence in selecting the right people.

King David taught in Psalm 101:6-7, “My eyes will be on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; he whose walk is blameless will minister to me. No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence.”

If you desire to protect your organization from fraud, look for faithful people and avoid any hint of deceit.

Rick is spot on. In addition to quality, faithful employees, you need to ensure your company or organization has adequate internal controls in place (more on those in another post). In his book Outstanding! 47 Ways to Make Your Organization Exceptional, author John G. Miller puts it simply: Select the best person for the job – and start by hiring character over college degrees. A classic hiring mistake is valuing “book learning” over character. In my personal experience, when I have hired based on perceived skills, background and education, I have almost always fired on the basis of character – or should I say, the lack of it.

Having quality employees is essential for business prosperity. If you would like to learn more about 12 Steps to a Proper Hire or how a part-time, virtual CFO can help transform your business using the Bible as our guide, email me at commonsensecfo@yahoo.com or call Kirk at 402-658-7340.